Operation ASHA

The mission of Operation ASHA is To eradicate TB from India, and To provide health care and supportive services to the most disadvantaged. The vision of Operation ASHA (OpASHA for short) is a tuberculosis free world. OpASHA provides comprehensive treatment, education, counseling and prevention of tuberculosis in urban slums. Having virtually eliminated default, established a cost-effective and replicable model, Operation ASHA plans to establish 600 DOTS centers by 2013.
Feb 27, 2013

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

Dr. Shelly Batra quoted in TIME Magazine
Dr. Shelly Batra quoted in TIME Magazine

Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA (Twitter: @shells1857) was quoted by TIME Magazine (issue dated 4th March,2013) in the article "Drugs Don't Work" by Krista Mahr. Discussing about the horrors of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Dr. Batra says, "We are on the brink of another epidemic, and it has no treatment. If TDR spreads, we will go back to the Dark Ages"

The Associated Press covered Operation ASHA in their story “India wages hi-tech war on Ancient TB Scourge”, written by Ravi Nessman. This article was published in more than 42 leading newspapers and blogs all over the world, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Huffington Post and Boston Globe. Read full article here.

Inside OpASHA

In Cambodia, we recently started operations in another Operational District (OD). Now we work in a total of 5 ODs.In Western OD, Phnom Penh, a pilot project has also been initiated in partnership with Pagodas (religious places) to target the older populations in the district.

Check our quick-facts page for quarterly updates on our operations and expansion.

Media mentions

The Guardian, Dec 5, 2012: “Helping the medicine go downby Caspar van Vark

Microsoft Research , Dec 03, 2012: “Battling Tuberculosis Through Microsoft Technology

Discovery News, Nov 29, 2012: “Excellent Idea of the  day: TB Tracker Halts Disease’s Spreadby Jesse Emspak

My Space, My Odyssey

DR-TB is one of the leading preventable causes of untold misery, great suffering, and back-breaking poverty & economic loss to those who are already living below poverty line.” Dr. Shelly Batra writes about Challenges of Drug resistant TB (DR-TB). Read her blog here.

Project Report

Performance

Total number of patients at centers till Jan 2013: 3839

Total new patients enrolled in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1784

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured in the period Nov 2012 till Jan 2013: 1826

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Photograph (c) Kieran Oudshoorn

Door-to-door counselling for TB patients
Door-to-door counselling for TB patients

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Nov 29, 2012

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

OpASHA
OpASHA's Innovative eCompliance System

Inside OpASHA
Wall Street Journal gives this year's Technology Innovation Award to Operation ASHA in the  Health-Care IT category
“Operation ASHA uses grass-roots human effort, combined with fingerprint and computer technology, to ensure that disadvantaged patients take the full course of medicine. That's a crucial step in reducing the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB.” Read detailed coverage of the awards here. It was also covered in The Wall Street Journal's print edition on 16th Oct.

BBC World News aired Operation ASHA on Sunday, Nov 25 in the program 'Keeping Safe', part of series Horizons, that explores "ideas and businesses that may succeed in tackling the planet's biggest challenges". BBC anchor interviewed Dr. Shelly Batra, President, about how Operation ASHA is using its innovative eCompliance technology to treat TB and to prevent fatal forms of Drug Resistant TB. To watch the video, click here.

Operation ASHA successfuly completed the ‘Hope. Resilience. Courage.’ photography contest. This competition recognized the outstanding use of photography to tell compelling stories of courage from around the world. Check out the winning entry here.

From the President’s desk.
“Welcome to India, the land of Gandhi and Mother Teresa. The country of 700 million mobile phones but not enough toilets. The country where starvation deaths do NOT make headlines, where slavery exists, where inspite of the economic boom and billions of $$ spent on health programs, the government has not been able to fulfill its promise to its citizens, of affordable, equitable, and accessible health care”, says Dr. Shelly Batra in her talk on Health for BOP in Pinnacle, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
Read a brief synopsis of her talk in her blog.

Project Report:

Performance

Total number of patients at OpASHA centers at the end of Oct 2012: 4206

Total new patients enrolled in the period Aug 2012 till Oct 2012: 2016

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1786

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs are (c) Prateek Ahuja


Our beneficiary
Our beneficiary

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Aug 27, 2012

Treating 3500 Poor Tuberculosis Patients in India

They need our help!
They need our help!

While the rain gods dance upon us, we will shower you with our updates.

Here in India, the power cuts gave Dr. Shelly Batra, President, Operation ASHA, time to ponder and put some life-instances on paper. She takes us back to her medical school days in her blog. Read the story of Potla, a 10-year old boy who was bedridden because of TB. Read how “A patch of blue” can offer hope and heal when all else fails.

And in the US, Kevin Desharnais, Chair of Board, Operation ASHA, USA, has decided to run The Bank of America- Chicago Marathon and raise funds for Operation ASHA. Read more about what inspired him, and help him turn this into a financial success! Every $50 raised will treat one patient and save a life. There is no minimum contribution, and you can choose to sponsor per mile or in a lump sum.

More updates from our team:

  1. Livemint.com (The Wall Street Journal)mentions Operation ASHA in an article on Fighting drug-resistant TB: chinks in India’s armour
  2. Dr. Shelly Batra was invited to UK speak in the Cambridge Global Health Commericialization & Funding Roundtable 2012
  3. OpASHA was a finalist in the Vodafone Mobiles for Good competition. SMS GupShup, a social networking platform, has awarded us with 400,000 free text messages

Project Report:

Performance

Total number of patients at OpASHA centers at the end of July 2012: 4071

Total new patients enrolled in the period May 2012 till July 2012: 2618

Total patients who have completed treatment and/or cured: 1754

Impact till date

Following is the list of tangible impact made by OpASHA

  1. HEALTH BENEFITS
    1. 4.56 million disadvantaged people educated about TB, and the stigma attached to TB reduced.
    2. 4071 TB patients are under treatment. Treated persons regain strength and can resume normal lives.
    3. Spread of infection to 48852 persons prevented.
  2. LIVELIHOOD GENERATION: 19 persons from the slums have been employed full-time by OpASHA. It may be mentioned here that 80% of OpASHA’s expenses generate livelihood in the slums.
  3. ECONOMIC BENEFITS:
    1. 4071 patients are receiving TB treatment. TB treatment reinstates the productivity of the patients. Each patient earns an additional Rs. 6,000 per year after treatment for her lifetime (Government of India). This is equivalent to an annuity of Rs. 75,000 a huge amount for people earning Rs. 50 a day or less.
    2. OpASHA delivers Social Return on Investment of 3517%. For each Rupee donated to OpASHA, society gains benefits worth Rs. 35.17. This indirectly helps improve the lives of millions of slum-dwellers.

We have been able to support these disadvantaged TB patients only because of your continued love and support. Make a donation today and help us further in achieving our mission of eradicating tuberculosis.

Thank you.

Note: All the photographs are (c) Prateek Ahuja

TB medication
TB medication
Free OTC drugs for our patients
Free OTC drugs for our patients
Our health-workers are the backbone of our system
Our health-workers are the backbone of our system

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